This is how fashion influencers are taking on the yellow trend

This is how fashion influencers are taking on the yellow trend

how to wear yellow

I must admit I was a little bit dubious when the first murmurs about Gen-Z yellow being the new millenial pink started. Sure, it was all over the catwalk at fashion week, from Jil Sander and Versace to Tibi and Balenciaga, but I wasn’t sure the bright hue would translate well IRL.

Well, how wrong was I? You can blame the heatwave if you will, but buttercup and lemon yellow has cemented itself as the only way to do summer dressing, as proved by everyone from celebrities to my favourite influencers.

There was that incredible Stella McCartney dress Amal Clooney wore to the Royal wedding, earning herself the best dressed wedding guest title, which Meghan Markle no doubt took inspo from with this Brandon Maxwell yellow dress while on official duty recently.

It’s even made it into pop culture, with Katy Perry and Beyonce donning lemon dresses for their music videos (Gucci and Cavalli respectively).

The style set approve too, with the likes of Lucy Williams, Ropes of Holland, Pandora Sykes and Leandra Medine all adopting the bright hue.

Banana snake 🍌🐍 @mango #mango #mangogirls

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Best of both 🌻💜#Provence

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Here are a few of my favourite yellow buys.

Shop now: ULLA JOHNSON Penninah cold-shoulder ruffled floral-print silk-georgette dress for £435 from Net-A-Porter

Shop now: FLORAL TOP WITH POLKA DOTS for £9.99 from Zara

Shop now: REDVALENTINO shorts for £112 from The Outnet

Shop now: Trousers for £34.99 from H&M

Shop now: SOLID & STRIPED The Chelsea striped ribbed swimsuit for £155 from

Shop now: Heeled Suede Four Strap Sandal for £69 from & Other Stories

And before you start saying it’s just not for you, why not go small with a pair of statement slides or a bright thank top. you might just find you’ve got a new spring in your step.

Such is the power of optimistic yellow.

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Kate Upton just made a very important announcement on Instagram

Kate Upton just made a very important announcement on Instagram

And we couldn’t be happier for her…

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, Arrivals, New York, USA – 07 May 2018

Words by Alice Ierace

Model and actress Kate Upton has officially announced she is expecting her first child with husband and baseball player, Justin Verlander.

The Instagram post shows the model posing on a balcony in Florida wearing a stunning red suit and white Celine sunglasses. Nothing unusual about that, right? Well, it wouldn’t look like an announcement at all if it weren’t for the caption:  #PregnantinMiami

#PregnantinMiami @justinverlander 🌞❤

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The star then tagged her husband and added a sunburst and red heart emoji for good measure.

Kate Upton was also photographed at the Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue’s first open casting call at W South Beach wearing the same outfit and showing off her glowing skin.

Amongst the many congratulations comments from excited fans, Verlander re-posted the photo captioning it:

‘You’re going to be the most amazing Mom!! I can’t wait to start this new journey with you! You’re the most thoughtful, loving, caring, and strong woman I’ve ever met! I’m so proud that our little one is going to be raised in this world by a woman like you! I love you so much.’

Following their wedding in November 2017, Verlander told PEOPLE last March: ‘Married life’s been great, I married my best friend, and we do everything we can to spend as much time together as possible.’

He then continued: ‘Honestly, I couldn’t be happier. It’s been a lovely first year of marriage.’

The couple first went public in early 2014 and, in 2016, Verlander proposed with a custom-designed engagement ring by jeweller Anita Ko.

Huge congratulations to Kate and Justin!

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In another world, Brokeback Mountain cast Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio

In another world, Brokeback Mountain cast Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio

Yeah, really.

brokeback mountain cast

Brokeback Mountain is without a shadow of a doubt one of the most beautiful films ever made and it’s impossible to imagine anybody but Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger bringing the gay love story to life. But well, let’s just imagine for a second that – say – Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio played the main characters. Because that very nearly happened.

The Academy Award winning film opened to major acclaim, however there were a few hiccoughs along the way according to director Gus Van Sant who was first attached to helm the project. (He later dropped out and Ang Lee took over, becoming the first Asian to ever win a Oscar for best director.)

Apparently, casting the movie’s tragic cowboys Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist – one of the best movie couples of all time – was an absolute logistical nightmare.

Gus told Indiewire, ‘Nobody wanted to do it. I was working on it, and I felt like we needed a really strong cast, like a famous cast. That wasn’t working out. I asked the usual suspects: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Ryan Philippe. They all said no.’

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Diana Ossana, who co-produced the film and adapted the story from the Annie Proulx short story of the same name, elaborated, ‘All those young gentlemen (at the time) turned down the project, for various reasons.’

Gus acknowledged that maybe he’d been a little too hopeful in gunning for an A-list cast and acknowledged that he should have ‘cast more unknowns, not worried about who were the lead actors’.

Heath Ledger, who wound up with numerous wins and nominations for his depiction of gruff cowboy Ennis Del Mar, was absolutely spot on in the role – however finding him wasn’t a walk in the park.

Diana said, ‘Casting Ennis in particular was the ultimate hurdle.’

In an interview with About Film, Jake Gyllenhaal said he believed Heath’s role was ‘the most critical role in a lot of ways….to really push you through to the end and show that this relationship is really something meaningful’.

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The pair became incredible close friends and Jake said of their working relationship, ‘The best metaphor that I can give is that it felt like we were both like, ‘Are you ready? Yeah. Let’s go,’ and we dove off the boat into the deep end…We knew that it was going to have to do that and we were going to have to commit to it. There was a high five and jump in.’

After Heath Ledger passed away, the movie’s eventual director Ang Lee released a beautiful tribute – encapsulating exactly why Heath was the perfect choice for Ennis over the Brads and Leos of the world.

He wrote, ‘Working with Heath was one of the purest joys of my life. He brought to the role of Ennis more than any of us could have imagined – a thirst for life, for love, and for truth, and a vulnerability that made everyone who knew him love him.’

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I tried Kim Kardashian’s diet for two weeks and the results weren’t what I expected

I tried Kim Kardashian’s diet for two weeks and the results weren’t what I expected

What happens when you eat and exercise like celeb royalty for a fortnight? One writer investigates…

Kim Kardashian Diet

Words by Lamya Tilmatine

Kim Kardashian has been on a fitness mission of late and, frankly, has never looked better.

Her recent body debut at the CFDA Fashion Awards last month showcased a lighter, tighter and fitter Kim – arms of envy I tell you – to the point where she may actually de-throne Khloe’s revenge-body title…

I decided I wanted in.

Kim Kardashian diet

Let’s get one thing straight from the off; I am not trying to ‘get’ a body like Kim’s, nor do I endorse her stance on Instagram marketing and promoting certain lollipops.

However, I have definitely seen her eating slices of cake and McDonald’s as well as a variety of nutritious meals, showing that she must have a well-balanced outlook on food.

I looked into her diet plan and found out that she was following the Atkins 40 diet and getting great results at a healthy rate. Her trainer Alcantara explained to People that it’s all about clean eating and strength training.

Sounds promising – so what does it actually entail?

Who is it for?

People who want to lose weight or those that just want a healthier lifestyle and reign in their intake simple carbohydrates.

What this is also about is achieving a fitter version of myself that I can sustain without starvation.

What is the Atkins 20/40 Diet?

There are two options: Atkins 20 or Atkins 40, and the numbers are the total net carbohydrates you can have in a day, with 20 being stricter on the carb intake but quicker in weight-loss in comparison to 40.

Like the old Atkins, you are limiting your carbohydrate intake, cutting out sugars and processed foods, eating high protein, vegetables and healthy fats to curb those hunger pangs.

The science behind the diet is quite simple: eating foods that are high in carbohydrates makes your body produce more glucose and insulin. Glucose is your body’s first point of energy that it uses, leaving stored fat just that, stored fat. Make sense?

So, the decreased intake of carbs means your body is pushed to burn fat for fuel hence the weight loss. Still with me?

Kim Kardashian diet

Is it the same as the Ketogenic diet?

There are similarities in the beginning as your low carb diet means that your body goes into Ketosis but after that, you’re allowed to increase levels of healthy carbs in your diet which essentially means ketosis will decrease too.

What you can eat on Atkins 20 and 40

Poultry, seafood, dairy (like yoghurt and cheese), vegetables (particularly your greens), healthy fats from nut and seeds, avocados, almond/olive/coconut oil.

Also, you do eat carbohydrates though from healthier sources like legumes, whole grains and fruits, but all under a net total of 20g/40g depending on what you choose to do.

I opted for Atkins 40 as it’s recommended to those who want to shift a smaller amount of weight. If it works for Kimmy (who isn’t a stranger to a treat or two) then I’m game.

The workout

I’ve always been a bit of a gym bunny but have never gotten the right cardio/strength training ratio to create the muscle definition I want. I tend to do more of one or the other, which means I get quite slim without any definition or I bulk up (sad emoji).

So I got myself a personal trainer, explained my fitness goals: defined arms, firm abs and strong hamstrings. Some people love morning workouts as it boasts optimum fat burning but I’d rather the extra 2 hours in bed and workout in the early evening.

Keep scrolling to see what it’s like eating like Kim Kardashian for two weeks – will I get the results or will it just be another fad diet?

The meal plan

Below is what I ate during the first week of the plan, following a similar approach in week two.


Breakfast: poached eggs with spinach and a drizzle of olive oil.

Lunch: grilled chicken, broccoli, spring onions, spinach, kale and homemade chilli sauce.

Dinner: baked salmon with a grilled vegetable medley.

Snacks: coffee with cinnamon, turmeric tea x2 and six almonds.

How I felt at the end of the day: Hungry! But I drank loads of water and tea to suppress my sugar cravings – but not having something sweet has proven to be tough on day one.


Breakfast:Noatmeal‘ – made with almond flour and shredded coconut with a spoon of peanut butter.

Lunch: one boiled egg, sliced cucumbers, sweet corn, red peppers, green olives, rocket salad with turmeric and a teaspoon of olive oil.

Dinner: Grilled chicken breast seasoned with Moroccan herbs and spices, grilled onions, peas and green peppers.

Snacks: Celery, six almonds, two cups of tea and two litres of water.


Breakfast: I had no time to cook so I boiled an egg with one Weetabix biscuit along with organic almond milk and coffee.

Lunch: one boiled egg, sliced cucumbers, beetroot, olives, spinach, green peppers topped with cashew nuts and a slice of avocado.

Dinner: cod fillet with homemade parsley sauce, cauliflower mash, leafy rocket salad. Yum!

Snacks: Nak’d bar, coffee, turmeric tea, English breakfast tea. And of course, a lot of water!


Breakfast: one poached egg on a bed of spinach with an apple, celery, cucumber, mint and kale smoothie.

Lunch: Tuna salad with mixed leaves, olives, onions and beetroot.

Dinner: Cod fillet with mushroom and broccoli

Snacks: Nak’d bar, turmeric tea, six almonds, red pepper slices.

Speaking to a personal trainer I got some advice on my workouts, he advised I focused on HIIT sessions in combination with strength training (which I have been doing). However, after a hard core session with him I realised I could push myself even more.

Already, I train five to six times a week – the ideal to see a real difference – and after a week my legs feel more defined, my core feels stronger but my arms are a bit slow at catching up.


Breakfast: Mini coconut pancakes with peanut butter and coffee.

Lunch: Chicken and broccoli soup.

Dinner: Cod fillet with peas and a mixed cabbage salad topped with homemade mayonnaise.

Snacks: Turmeric tea, six almonds and a slither of cake (I caved).

The weekend was more of the same but with Nutella pancakes for brunch on Sunday (cheeky I know).

Some may argue that the rotation of protein based meals can be boring, but I found that having a structure to start with was much easier to follow, especially with a hectic work schedule.

The verdict

I’ve realised that Kim’s diet has the same principles of a keto diet; Ketosis does occur, but at a healthier pace that I found more sustainable. She allows for oatmeal pancakes and the odd treat.

But, as seen on her Instagram account, her diet mainly consists of protein in the form of chicken and fish, accompanied by an array of vegetables. I found this hard at first so I made my meals richer in protein where I could.

KKW has an advantage though; she reportedly has a chef that creates personalised meals guided by her personal trainer. But we have the internet with endless recipes, advice and inspiration – we can do this!

Results so far? I’ve lost two pounds – but, more importantly, my sugar cravings have all but completely gone. This approach gets the thumbs up from me.

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Everyone’s talking about Melania Trump’s face when she met Vladimir Putin

Everyone’s talking about Melania Trump’s face when she met Vladimir Putin

And it’s chilling.

Melania Trump Putin

First Lady Melania Trump frequently makes viral news, and while she doesn’t say a great deal, it’s her fashion choices that often make an impact.

We all remember the big white hat that went viral on Twitter and the less said about her ‘I really don’t care, do you?’ jacket that she wore to a child detention centre, the better.

It is her trademark straight (and seemingly sad) face however that has turned her into a walking meme – and this week was no exception.

The First Lady accompanied Donald Trump to the Russia US Summit in Helsinki, Finland, this week, and as she met Russian president, Vladimir Putin, at the Presidential palace, she was caught pulling a face.


The summit was a controversial one, given the accusations of the two colluding around the 2016 Presidential Election – something that Trump rubbished at the press conference.

But despite the historic moment for Russia and USA, it was footage of Melania and Putin that really went viral.

In a video that’s spreading around the internet, Melania can be seen to pull a face (described by some as horror) after making pleasantries with the Russian president.

‘Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russia,’ Trump tweeted after the visit. ‘They would rather go to war than see this. It’s called Trump Derangement Syndrome!’

Who else is pulling a Melania face right now?

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This is why people are getting seriously aggy with Beautyblender

This is why people are getting seriously aggy with Beautyblender

And it has nothing to do with the sponge…


Everyone bloody loves a Beautyblender – the little sponges have changed the way we apply our make-up and we’ve even found alternative uses for them.

Beauty editors, make-up artists and the everyday woman cannot get enough and praise the brand for it’s innovation.

Until now.

Now, people ain’t happy with the brand and it’s newest launch – Bounce the brand’s first ever foundation.

It apparently has 24 hour wear – great. It apparently has a velveteen matte finish – wonderful. It’s apparently vegan/cruelty free – mazel tov. And apparently it’s got no parabens, sulfates, phthalares or oils in it – fabulous.

So far, so good.

The thing that everyone is ticked off about? Despite there being 32 shades – according to many Instagram users – this is not enough. Like so many brands before this one, the darker end of the shade spectrum seems to have been left out.

One user asked: ‘where are the rest of the shades?’, another said, ‘that’s a whole lot of white’, whilst one particularly angry comment said, ‘This shade range is garbage af.’

The foundation isn’t even available yet, the official launch date is 24th July in the US, but the initial reaction is probably the last thing Beautyblender was hoping for.

We’re not sure when the foundation will be available in the UK, but this launch seems to reignite the argument for cosmetic brands to cater to all skin tones.

What do you think?! Comment on our Facebook page.


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Skincare ingredients debunked: What the hell do these words mean?

Skincare ingredients debunked: What the hell do these words mean?

Think of us as your handy pocket dictionary

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The ingredients list on the back of product bottles is so bloody confusing, unless you’re a scientist or a boffin, it’s unlikely you’ll know what it all means and what each one does to skin. Which is why, we decided to set the record straight and tell you exactly what some of the most common skincare ingredients actually mean. We teamed up with ZO Skin Health to demystify the confusing world of skincare ingredients.

You are most welcome.


Retinol is the big name on campus for effective anti-aging. It is a derivative of vitamin A and if you want to desperately reduce the sight of fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation, nothing will help you do that better than retinol creams and serums. ‘A widely used term within the skincare industry, Retinol based products can help improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles whilst also smoothing the surface area of the skin. You should apply a retinoid once a day, most preferably in the evening as skin will be sensitive to sunlight afterwards – use after cleansing and before applying your moisturiser.’

Indeed Labs Retinol Reface, £19.99 Look Fantastic


Because of the world we now live in, we, and our skin, are exposed to some pretty nasty outside aggressors and antioxidants are our defence system. They help combat the effects of free radicals (those nasty external stressers). ‘Antioxidants are an essential ingredient when it comes to anti-ageing and keeping your skin looking youthful and healthy. Antioxidants help target the elements responsible for signs of aging, but can also calm skin and help revitalize dull-looking skin.’


We’d say this is one of the less common  skincare ingredients, but keep your eyes peeled, because you’re going to want it. ‘Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid, is a very effective ingredient that offers multiple benefits for aging skin such as improving the appearance of uneven skin tone, large pores, wrinkles and dullness. Niacinamide can be applied on the face of an AM and PM, just a couple of drops patted over the skin after cleansing and before moisturising.’

Vitamin C

If you suffer for dull skin and all you really want is to look in the mirror and glow brightly, then this antioxidant should be your first port of call. ‘Vitamin C is most commonly taken orally; however, the ingredient also has varying benefits when applied directly to the skin. Vitamin C provides a range of benefits including evening out your skin tone, protecting your skin against pollution, improving hydration and keeping an overall youthful appearance.’

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The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone, £5.80 Fabled

Alpha Hydroxy Acids/AHAs

Oh golly acids for skin are so bloody confusing aren’t they?! There are so many different types and they’re always abbreviated (which we reckon is just to confuse matters more), but it’s worth taking note of what they do, because AHAs will transform your skin. ‘Alpha hydroxy acids, or AHAs as they are more commonly known, are natural acids which come from acidic fruits such as lemons and oranges. These acids reduce the look of wrinkles and can prevent future wrinkles whilst also making skin much smoother.’ If you spot glycolic, malic or lactic on packaging – these are all AHAs.


We all know that collagen has something to do with the skin and it’s always mentioned when people talk about fighting the signs of aging, but what exactly is it? ‘Collagen is a naturally occurring protein found in your body. It’s an essential component, providing structural support for your organs, skin, tendons, muscles, cartilage and bones. The skin loses collagen over time, so it is an imperative ingredient to add into your skincare routine, it can be found in many day and night creams as well as face masks.’

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Elemis Pro-Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment, £34.40 Fabled

Jojoba Oil

The first confusing thing about this skincare ingredient is how to pronounce it. We like to say ho-hoba oil. ‘Jojoba oil has some very powerful antioxidants which help in regenerating the skin cells, leading to a more youthful and glowing complexion. Jojoba oil is not only good for the face, but can also be used over the body instead in replacement of your normal moisturiser.’ Use when skin is warm and slightly damp after a bath or shower.

Hyaluronic Acid

Probably the one that you’ll see most on product packaging and with good reason. It is the super duper hydrating ingredient that plumps skin and gives it one hell of a moisture boost. ‘The Hyaluronic Acid solution is able to work deep into the skin’s layers to improve and benefit hydration and elasticity. Hyaluronic Acid is commonly used for its ability to combat the signs of ageing and eliminate skin imperfections.’

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Institut Esthederm Intensive Hyaluronic Mask, £31 Fabled

Coenzyme Q10/CoQ10

You probably recognize this most from Nivea adverts. They bang on about Q10 all the time. It’s a super powerful antioxidant. ‘Collagen is highly important because it keeps your skin firm, while elastin gives your skin flexibility, when collagen is lost, this causes the skin to wrinkle and sag. CoQ10 helps the skin by acting as a strong antioxidant. It helps to banish those free radicals that promote premature ageing. It can be ingested, via foods like whole grains and oily fish or though supplements.’

Salicylic Acid

Another punchy, yet really useful skin acid. Salicylic acid is a B Beta Hydroxy Acid or a BHA. It removes dead skin cells from the skin, both on the surface of your skin and deep within your pores, providing a deep exfoliation targeting the more clogged areas of the skin. Skin problems such as zits, blackheads and oiliness are all caused by excess oil and dead skin cells, Salicylic acid works in ridding the cause, which means you’re less likely to suffer with blackheads and spots. Salicylic acid is best applied in the PM, using only a small amount as it is a very strong solution.’

Guys, print this off and take it beauty shopping with you.

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141 athletes sexually assaulted by the same man showed us what courage really looks like

141 athletes sexually assaulted by the same man showed us what courage really looks like

‘We may suffer alone, but we survive together.’

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While former Team USA doctor Larry Nassar rots in a prison for his full sentence of 175 years, the women and girls he sexually assaulted have come out in a powerful moment of solidarity. At the this year’s ESPYs, an American awards show that celebrates athletic achievements, 141 survivors took to the stage to accept the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage and the moment was both devastating and uplifting all at the same time.

Jennifer Garner presented the award to the group of ‘sister-survivors’, who filled the stage in a seemingly endless line and joined hands, before handing it off to athletes Sarah Klein, Tiffany Thomas Lopez and Aly Raisman. After the standing ovation and applause had ended, all three gave speeches touching on the importance of child protection over adult reputations, the courage it takes to speak out and the need for people willing to listen.

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Former gymnast Sarah Klein said the scene was ‘a portrait of survival’ and ‘a new vision of courage’, and that it was a ‘privilege’ to stand and speak for the hundreds of sister survivors that were and were not with them that night.

As Larry Nasar’s first known target, Sarah said, ‘Speaking up and speaking out is not easy. Telling our stories of abuse over and over and over again in graphic detail is not easy. We’re sacrificing privacy we’re being judged and scrutinised and it’s gruelling and it’s painful, but it is time.’

She continued, ‘As a mother i am here to say that we must start caring about children’s safety more than we care about adult’s reputations. And as a survivor, I am here to say, that we can if we can just give one person the courage to use their voice – this is worth it. If one more victim of sexual abuse feels less alone tonight, then our suffering has meaning.’

Former softball player Tiffany Thomas Lopez next gave a longer speech that touched on the intersection of racial oppression and sexual abuse that she had personally faced. She said, ‘The amount of loss that we’ve endured over the years is almost immeasurable…I’m here to tell you that you cannot silence the strong forever.’

Judge Aquilina, the judge who presided over the Larry Nassar trial and famously granted each survivor a chance to address their abuser, was also in attendance at the ESPYs.

Gymnast Aly Raisman took a moment out of her speech to thank her, saying, ‘All those years we were told, ‘You were wrong. You misunderstood. He’s a doctor, it’s okay. Don’t worry, we’ve got it covered. Be careful, there are risks involve.’ The intention? To silence us. In favour of money, medals and reputation. But we persisted and finally someone listened and believed us. This past january, Judge Rosemary Aquilina showed a profound level of understanding by giving us eac the opportunity to face our abuser, to speak our truth and be heard. Thank you, Judge Aquilina for honouring our voices.’

She called the ‘greatest tragedy of this nightmare’ the fact that it could have been avoided, had one adult simply stood up against and between Larry Nassar and those he abused.

She ended her speech saying, ‘To all the survivors out there, don’t let anyone rewrite your story. Your truth does matter, you matter and you are not alone. We all face hardships, if we choose to listen and we choose to act with empathy we can draw strength from each other. We may suffer alone, but we survive together.’

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MEET THE PUKKAS: In which Anna and Matt discuss the hairless wonder that is the male Love Island body

MEET THE PUKKAS: In which Anna and Matt discuss the hairless wonder that is the male Love Island body

Is Love Island a nadir for modern masculinity, or the beginning of a super-advanced next phase, wonder Matt Farquharson and Anna Whitehouse?

In this week’s #TrueRomance column, Anna Whitehouse and her husband Matt Farquharson are getting side-tracked with the life-sized Action Men peacocking their way across our screens on Love Island, to ask, what does it all mean for the mere mortal men?

He says…

By Matt Farquharson

I haven’t been to a gym since 2006, when I was last single. Fearing a lifetime of female rejection, and concerned about my addictions to Playstation, Quavers and continental lager, I went every lunchtime to run, grunt and sculpt my physique from ‘30-year-old professional snooker player’ to ‘25-year old professional golfer’. Three weeks after my relationship with Anna began, my visits dropped to nought. My physique has since settled at ‘41-year-old semi-professional lawn bowls enthusiast’.

But I have recently found myself quietly fascinated by the bald and shapely pecs of the men of Love Island, and wondered if I must make more effort. Their physiques are a marvel: like life-sized Action Man figurines but dipped in Ronseal and finished off with symmetrical facial hair applied with a marker pen and protractor. And the show’s greatest impact may be on the world of cosmetic dentistry. Each set of nashers looks like a vicar’s collar. Or like there’s a daily routine that involves brushing, flossing, and a fresh application of Tipp-Ex.

So I’ve come to wonder if these men are the future: if they are what all men will look like in 20 years, or if they’re simply outliers – so ego-beaten by billboards of well-toned men in their pants that their self-worth is dependent on the plumb-line-perfection of their ‘happy trail’ (the thin line of body hair running from belly to junk).

‘If I was suddenly single, would my doughy countenance and body fluff mark me as a ‘swipe-left’ for all time?’

I am at once admiring of the effort they’re putting in and also appalled at just how much effort they’re putting in. Is this how men should be now? If I found myself suddenly and surprisingly single, would my doughy countenance and free-form body fluff mark me as a ‘swipe-left’ for all time?

It’s been said that my mini-generation – born between the late 70s and mid 80s – may be the most useless yet. We are the first generation that doesn’t know how to fix anything mechanical, and the last generation that doesn’t know how to code anything at all. But we may also be the last to resist manscaping and pectoral implants and I, for one, support the cause.

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She says…

By Anna Whitehouse

It was a rogue nasal hair that nearly stopped Matt and I sealing the deal. It was our third date and I felt very strongly that he was the answer to many matters of the heart. Then I snogged him and felt that wayward follicle brush my upper lip and went cold and wanted him to leave.

Fast-forward 12 years, two kids, a mortgage and a Nasal Strimmer 2000 and we are golden. I decided that I was, perhaps, being a little rash in that moment and it was nothing a little coiffing couldn’t fix. To be fair to the man, I drunkenly shaved my upper arm in 2001 and to this day it feels like an old kitchen broom when you brush against me. So we are, in many ways, folically quits.

But what’s a little hair among friends? A huge, stubbly issue if you look to Love Island for an insight into male pruning. How anyone breathes without fear of a bald ball sack escaping its Lyrca lodgings is a question at the forefront of my mind. The smiles alone are blinding and representative of significant dental investment.

‘Where are the guys who consider pork scratchings one of your five a day?’

Where are the guys who consider pork scratchings one of your five a day? I can’t remember any ‘blokes’ (a term that’s edging out of the courting dictionary) from my youth being concerned with ripped chassis or immaculately tweezered eyebrows. More than anything, I want the Love Island men to all swim in the pool, eat ice creams, play ping-pong and ease up on the preening and carefully posed reclining.

While I have all the time in the world for a programme centred predominantly on pristine bikini lines and even spray tans, it can’t come at the cost of, well, fun. As I found, a little erroneous hair can, in fact, go a long way.

Anna Whitehouse and Matt Farquharson are the authors of Sunday Times bestseller Parenting the Shit out of Life, published by Hodder & Stoughton

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Meghan Markle’s half-sister has launched some huge accusations at the Duchess

Meghan Markle’s half-sister has launched some huge accusations at the Duchess

And the rest of the Royal Family…

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Meghan Markle has had a trying time in the run and up and since becoming a Duchess, and unfortunately for the former actress, it all seems to surround one side of her family – the Markles.

There was the ongoing drama of whether her father, Thomas Markle, would be walking her down the aisle, not to mention his staged photographs for the press, and appearance on Good Morning Britain, where he may have divulged a little too much.

Then there was his comments just last week when he expressed his concern for his daughter’s wellbeing to The Sun on Sunday telling them, ‘I think she is terrified’.

‘I see it in her eyes, I see it in her face and I see it in her smile’, he continued. ‘I’ve seen her smile for years. I know her smile. I don’t like the one I’m seeing now. This one isn’t even a stage smile — this is a pained smile.’

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But it wasn’t Thomas Markle who caused the storm today, with Meghan’s half-sister Samantha Grant being the latest family member to take aim at the Duchess, launching a series of angry tweets at the former Suits actress.

‘My father is not an embarrassment for loving his daughter,’ the 53-year-old tweeted earlier this week, following the backlash to her father’s comments. ‘The Royals are an embarrassment for being so cold. You should be ashamed of yourselves Kensington Royal.’

Another tweet read, ‘How about you pay tribute to your own father?! Enough is enough.’

Then delivering her biggest accusation yet, Grant tweeted, ‘Act like a humanitarian act like a woman! If our father dies I’m holding you responsible, Meg!’

Thomas Markle has also spoken since to TMZ, following reports that Meghan and Harry were disappointed with his media appearances.

‘I was silent for a full year and the press beat me up every day saying I was a hermit hiding in Mexico, so I gave my story,’ he explained.

‘Apparently that interview put the royal family in their silence mode… so, I gave another interview to break the silence. All they have to do is speak to me.’

Kensington Palace has not yet responded.

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